Accidents are always scary, but a semi truck accident is particularly frightening because of the sheer size and power of vehicles involved. Plus, with a semi truck, it is likely that there is going to be a larger company or organization to deal with (instead of just with another driver, as is the case in personal vehicle accidents), which presents a host of new challenges.
If you or someone you know has been involved in a semi truck accident in Nevada, use these guidelines to help you stay safe and take appropriate legal action.
After an accident is not the best time to make informed decisions – read through this list of steps to follow after getting into a semi truck accident so you’ll know exactly what to do should the situation ever arise. Note that getting into an accident with a commercial semi truck is not the same as getting into an accident with a personal vehicle since with a semi truck, you may have to deal with the truck’s company (not just the driver as an individual)..
First thing’s first – prioritize your own safety. Most semi truck accidents happen on a highway or high speed transportation road, so if possible, move your vehicle to a safe location nearby. But – do not leave the scene. If the vehicle can’t be moved, try to move yourself (and any other persons involved) to a safe area protected from other vehicles in motion if possible.
If the accident is severe, or if there are noticeable injuries that need treatment, call 911. If you are not sure whether or not to call 911, err on the side of caution and call. Especially with accidents that involve semi trucks, police intervention will be required.
Just the same as with a personal vehicle accident, use your phone and take pictures of the scene of the accident, as well as your vehicle and the vehicle that hit you. Be sure to get pictures of license plates, too. Taking too many pictures is not possible in this case – more is always better.
A necessary but potentially difficult step is getting the other driver’s information. Be sure to communicate with the other driver and get the following information from them:
If for whatever reason, the driver is unable or unwilling to provide this information, wait for the emergency team or the police to arrive and ask for their help.
If your injuries (or other involved parties’ injuries) are serious, seek treatment as soon as possible. If you don’t have any noticeable injuries from the accident, be sure to pay close attention to your body and behavior over the next few days. It’s very possible that injuries may start to present themselves days following the accident. Some of the injuries that you should be especially wary for are:
When in doubt, visit an urgent care facility or schedule an appointment with your medical provider as soon as possible after the accident (or if you start to notice unusual symptoms).
After you’ve taken the above steps, it’s time to seek legal representation. Be sure to do this before going to an insurance company – as helpful as insurance companies can be, seeking a lawyer first after a semi truck accident can be more helpful. If you are in need of legal representation after a semi truck accident in the Las Vegas or greater Henderson area, contact us to schedule a free consultation today.
In addition to taking specific steps in the wake of a commercial truck accident, there are also specific things you should be sure NOT to do. Avoid taking the following actions after a semi truck accident:
For more information on “what not to do” after a semi truck accident, review this article.
Taking legal action after a semi truck action can be a lot less overwhelming with the help of the right legal support. Visit our truck accident practice page for more information about taking legal action after a commercial truck accident, or to contact us page to set up an appointment. At Ruiz Law you don’t pay unless we win.
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